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Wait, Healthy Screen Time Exists?

February 08, 2024
Written by 
Andrea Xu
3 min read

I was hooked. After watching just a 3-minute video on YouTube, “Tag! You’re it!”, I immediately looked up “Yeti Confetti™ Kids app” in my phone’s app store, and hit download. This particular video focused on physical health in a fun and digestible way and, to my delight, they have more! This is exactly the entertainment I need for my child over the upcoming school break. 

Introducing: Yeti Confetti™ Kids. They are on a mission to make screen time opportunities for learning, or as they call it “educational vitamins,” for children ages 3 to 7 years old. 

Tag! You’re it!features a dinosaur named Big T as he discovers his favorite form of exercise. What I loved about this short animation is its ability to motivate every child to enjoy movement with their personality in mind. Whether it is playing in the park, more active or passive, more competitive or more individual, from team sports or solo, it doesn’t matter, as long as they are moving, right? 

Ok, I know what you might be thinking: a video encouraging children to go outside and exercise, and I need to download an app? Seems contradictory. Do not worry, let me ease your mind. While technology and media impact people’s health, I think Yeti Confetti™ Kids plays a positive role in children's development, turning screen time into an interactive and educational experience. 

Yeti Confetti™: Isn’t screen time bad for kids? Why should we as parents allow screens?

Christie Pang, Co-Founder of Yeti Confetti™, recently shared a conversation with Dr. Smriti Banthia, MD, a practicing Florida cardiologist on the obesity epidemic in toddlers and how parents can encourage nutrition and fitness with their little ones. Dr. Banthia says, “As a physician, I never thought I would support a company that encourages screen time. But I love your Yeti Confetti™ Kids’ videos that help teach these lifelong skills to kids…as adults we are learning with our children.”

The interview addresses the inevitable truth of parenting today–screen time is inescapable. With this in mind, Dr. Banthia advises Christie and parents to make screens interactive with ideas like having kids dance to the music or reenact scenes with stuffed animals or dolls, even household chores count as exercise. It was motivational hearing from a physician that parents also play a strong role in modeling movement to their children. 

Hopefully, you are left as empowered as I am to know it is possible to balance movement and responsible screen time, especially with apps like Yeti Confetti™ Kids. 

As I’m writing this, I just remembered I haven’t yet booked my intended workout class for the day. Gotta go–off to my daily exercise and daycare pick up! I cannot wait for my kids to start their learning journeys with Yeti Confetti™ Kids!